Blue Taro

Blue Taro/ Purple-stem Taro

Scientific name: Xanthosoma violaceum Schott.

 Local name: ‘Dudhkachu’

Taxonomic Position According to Cronquist (1981)

Kingdom Plantae
Division Magnoliophyta
Class Liliopsida
Subclass Arecidae
Order Arales
Family Araceae
Genus Xanthosoma
Species X. violaceum

Botanical Description of Blue Taro

Habit: Terrestrial perennial herb.

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Root: Adventitious root system, shallow and fleshy.

Stem: Modified into rhizome, which is large and tuberous.

Leaf: Simple, alternate, composed of leaf sheath and leaf blade. The blade is big heart-shaped, the petiole is long.

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Inflorescence: Spadix with bract, spathe.

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Flower: Three types of flower namely male, female and neuter flowers are present

Fruit: Berry

Economic Importance: widely used as vegetable, almost every plant parts like leaf blade, petiole, rhizome, stole etc. are used as vegetable.

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